Vera Brittain's heart-rending account of the way her generation's lives changed is still as shocking and moving as ever.
Like the much-misunderstood poppy, Testament both memorializes and warns... to remain uninformed is actually life-threatening.
it was a surprise to pick her book up now and discover how very good it is.
sublimely moving... this is a truly great book... should be compulsory reading for the nation's debauched and aimless yobs and yobettes
essential reading, not just as an anti-war polemic but as a portrait of a whole generation of young people who were totally ill-prepared and whose lives were utterly changed within four momentous years.
brilliantly captures the protracted horrors of a war into which her generation was preciptated unprepared... as a personal and social document of its turbulent times, written from the viewpoint of a serious and reflective young woman, this autobiographical work fully merits rediscovery.
Everyone should read this book. Like all true classics, it has something to tell us all, one generation after another. And this handsome new edition benefits from photographic illustrations and an elegant preface by Shirley Williams, Vera Brittain's distinguished daughter. If you have tears, prepare to share them now.
A heartbreaking account of the impact of the First World War on a stout-hearted, high-minded young woman